|Publication number||US8032951 B1|
|Application number||US 12/383,435|
|Publication date||Oct 11, 2011|
|Filing date||Mar 24, 2009|
|Priority date||Mar 24, 2009|
|Publication number||12383435, 383435, US 8032951 B1, US 8032951B1, US-B1-8032951, US8032951 B1, US8032951B1|
|Inventors||Paul V. Nestberg, Heather H. Tapp|
|Original Assignee||Nestberg Paul V, Tapp Heather H|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (32), Referenced by (20), Classifications (9), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention is directed to a system for removably attaching pockets of various sizes, shapes and functions with primarily garments, but also with such things as walls, benches, seat backs, belts, etc.
It is a primary object of the invention to provide a system of pockets, which are primarily tool supporting pockets, and which are securely attachable in selected locations with and detachable from garments, thereby eliminating the need for heavy, cumbersome tool belts.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a plurality of attachment units for garments which include a closed position in which the fasteners of the attachment units are covered and an engaged position in which the fasteners of the attachment units are locked with a pocket securing that pocket with the garment.
Another object of the invention is the provision of attachment units carried by the garment which will engage simultaneously with both the inner and outer surfaces of the pocket providing that the pocket is securely fastened with the garment.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a system of pockets designed to each carry different tools or items such as cosmetics, toys, medicines, etc., but which are interchangeably securable with a garment.
A system providing garments with a plurality of pockets which are removable and interchangeable. The garment includes a plurality of attachment units arranged in selected locations over its outer surface. The attachment units include at least one tab.
Each tab comprises a first end permanently secured with the garment and a second end extending outwardly from the first end and which is operable to pivot into a superimposed position over the first end. The first and second ends each carry one of a hook and loop fastener such as VELCRO strips.
Each pocket has a plurality of longitudinal edges with outer and inner sides. A fastener member is secured along each of the outer and inner sides and adjacent at least one of the edges.
The first and second ends of each tab may be separated from the superimposed position into a receiving position. The receiving position allows the fastener along the inner side of the pocket to be secured with the fastener carried by the first end of the tab and the second end of the tab may be folded over the edge of the pocket allowing the fastener carried by the second end of the tab to engage with the fastener carried by the outer side of the pocket. This over and under engagement of the fasteners provides for the pocket to be securely held in position with the garment.
Each of the attachment units comprise a pair of vertically extending tabs and at least one horizontally extending tab.
Each fastener member carried by the first ends of the tabs are one of all loop members or all hook members and the fastener member carried by the inner side of the pocket are all the opposite of the first selected members. Also, the fastener member carried by the second ends of the tabs are the opposite of the first members and the fastener member carried by said outer side of the pockets are all the opposite of the second selected members.
The fastener members carried by the first and second ends of each tab are approximately of equal size. The fastener members of each attachment unit generally include a pair of spaced vertically extending fastener members of equal size and an intermediate fastener member of a different size. Generally, the intermediate fasteners are larger than the spaced fasteners.
The pocket includes spaced fastener members of a size substantially equal the size of the vertically extending spaced fasteners of the attachment unit and the intermediate fastener members are of a size substantially equal the size of the intermediate fastener members of the attachment unit.
A method of selectively securing pockets in selective locations with a garment including the steps of:
It is preferred that the fastener members are hook and loop-type fastener members.
The construction designed to carry out the invention will hereinafter be described, together with other features thereof.
The invention will be more readily understood from a reading of the following specification and by reference to the accompanying drawings forming a part thereof, wherein an example of the invention is shown and wherein:
The instant invention is directed to a system of attachment units which are operable to removably secure pockets of various sizes and shapes with selected areas of garments. Generally, the garments comprise some type of work clothing such as coveralls, overalls, work shirts and pants; however, the invention is not limited to work clothing but could be used with any type clothing, or for that matter with various other support members such as with vehicle seats or walls, with work benches, etc. The pockets are primarily intended to be tool or work pockets for carrying implements or supplies of trade. They, too, are not so limited to the design shown and may be designed for any type of use, such as for cosmetics, portable communication means, medical equipment, children's toys, etc.
Turning now to
Attachment units 10 are secured in selected areas over the garment to include the arms, the torso portion, the legs and the waist area of the garment. It is noted that these locations are only illustrative and may be changed or moved to accommodate the intended need. Each of the attachment units 10 may vary in size, again depending on the intended use.
Each attachment unit 10 comprises a plurality of tabs 12, i.e. at least three. Each tab comprises a first end 18, a second end 20 and a third folding section 22 therebetween. First end or section 18 is secured in fixed position with the garment while second end or section 20 is secured with a flexible strip. The flexible strip also includes folding section 22.
Each tab 12 has arranged at its first and second ends fastener members or strips 14 and 16 of the hook and loop-type, i.e. VELCRO. It is noted strips 14, secured with first end 18, is either the hook or loop-type fastener member. For convenience, all first end 18 fastener members 14 are here designated hook members. All second end 20 fastener members 16 are here designated as loop members. The arrangement could be reversed but all first end fasteners must be the same and all second end fasteners must be the same but opposite the first end fasteners.
This arrangement allows each tab 12 to be positioned in a closed position as shown in the right shoulder portion of
The receiving position for the tabs is shown in the waist area of
It is noted that each first end 18 of tab 12 may comprise only a fastener strip 14 secured with the garment while second end 20 always comprises a flexible member to which fastener strip 16 is secured. The flexible member, preferably woven fabric, also forms the folding piece. The end of the flexible piece adjacent fastener strap 14 of first end 18 is secured with the fabric.
It is noted that more than one horizontally extending tab 12 may be utilized as indicated in
Turning now to
It is noted that pocket 30 is of representative design and is not intended to show the many specific pocket constructions and sizes which may be used to accommodate the various implements and items contemplated. Regardless of the capabilities and configurations of the pockets, the structure used to attach and release them from the garments is substantially the same and in accordance with the concept of this invention.
Pocket 30 has secured along its upper edge on both the outer and inner faces 32, 34 a strip of hook and loop fastener comprising a fastener member. The fastener members secured with the outer side 32 comprise fastener strips 50 which are secured adjacent opposed outer vertical edges and fastener strip 52 secured along the upper edge of outer surface 32. On inner side 34 of the pocket is secured a pair of fastener strips 54 along opposed vertical edges in superimposed positions with fastener strips 50. Along the upper edge of the pocket fastener strip 56 is secured in superimposed positions with fastener strip 52. All fastener strips on outer surface 32 are the hook-type fastener members intended to be engaged with loop-type fastener strips 16 on second end 30, while the inner side 34 of the pocket fastener strips 54 are all loop-type fastener members intended to engage with the hook-type fastener members 14 carried by the first end 18.
Pocket 30, as best seen in
When locked in position, as described, a force generally sufficient to tear the garment is required to dislodge the pocket.
While a preferred embodiment of the invention has been described using specific terms, such description is for illustrative purposes only, and it is to be understood that changes and variations may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||2/247, 2/69, 2/79|
|Cooperative Classification||A41D13/0012, A41D2400/70, A41D27/20|
|European Classification||A41D27/20, A41D13/00P|
|May 22, 2015||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Oct 13, 2015||FPAY||Fee payment|
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|Oct 13, 2015||SULP||Surcharge for late payment|